July 22, 2019

Thrown to the Weeds

By Laura Maylene Walter

Last Sunday, I picked wild black raspberries in my backyard. The berries were tiny, dark, and prickled with miniscule seeds. Sweet. As I plucked berries from the bush, I thought […]

April 23, 2019

The Story of My Life

By Laura Maylene Walter

When I started reading Educated, Tara Westover’s memoir of growing up in rural Idaho as a Mormon survivalist with no foundation of formal education, I was captivated by the chance to […]

April 5, 2018

An Interview With Leslie Jamison

By Caroline Hagood

Caroline Hagood: In The Recovering you braid literary criticism, memoir, and cultural criticism in an innovative manner. How do you see these different strands interacting with and enriching one another? […]

February 15, 2018

Uncle Jack and the Three Georges

By Shauna Osborn

Oscar Elmer had never liked his name. The moment he enlisted in the military to fight fascists as a young man, he told the recruiting officer to call him Jack. […]

February 6, 2018


By Shauna Osborn

“You gonna clean my balls?” my grandmother asks, slowly sliding into the closest espresso stained wooden chair. I hold my breath. She sees. “Somebody’s got to do it & damn […]

August 23, 2017

Charlottesville Fabulous

By Brian Michael Murphy

My big brother lives in Charlottesville. We grew up together in Groveport, Ohio, rode the bus with a girl whose dad was a Columbus cop, whose grandfather was a World […]

June 8, 2016

What Life Is All About

By Brian Michael Murphy

Just finished Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Here are four things the sordid, elegant, contemplative, coke-infused pages of this wonderful book made me want to do: […]

November 30, 2015

A Moveable Funeral

By Brian Michael Murphy

Sales of Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast spiked in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The media has framed it as a book that captures the dream of Paris, […]

April 24, 2015

a Chamber – to be Haunted –

By Dora Malech

“The only way to be honest is to be haunted,” says poet Joseph Lease, closing a panel exploring “Where Art & Activism Meet” on Saturday, April 11th, the final panel […]